No 84 September 2011 by orientalhospitality


									                   NEWSLETTER No 84 – SEPTEMBER 2011
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Whilst recognised in most countries throughout the world The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has not yet been
accredited in Thailand. Equally Thai Valuers are not accredited in many countries overseas. This creates an issue for
anyone requiring a formal valuation from a qualified valuer of property in Thailand to be used for official purposes, usually
in the Courts, overseas.

As a Chartered Surveyor with 40 years of international real estate experience, the majority of overseas Courts will accept a
Valuation Report prepared and signed by me. Different countries have different requirements and much depends on the
purpose of the valuation. Sadly many valuations I have carried out are for divorce matters. In the UK there are specific rules
with regard to such valuations and they must comply with Part 35 of the Civil Procedures Rules. In Australia the report
must be accompanied by an Affidavit witnessed by a Notary.

All formal valuation work is carried out in accordance with the International Valuation Standards Committee of the Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

A formal valuation report will usually consist of a Valuation Certificate, a full Valuation Report accompanied by location
plans, photographs, copies of land titles and copies of my Professional Diplomas. Before accepting valuation instructions I
will determine the purpose of the valuation and where it is to be used. I will then issue a Letter of Instruction to be signed
and returned to me. I will then make arrangements to inspect the property and obtain all relevant documentation. Provided I
have been given all necessary paperwork to complete the valuation, the final report will be available seven days after the
Please contact me for further information at

The real estate market is slowly gaining pace but as reported previously mainly in the lower ranges. We have been
receiving more serious enquiries recently than for a long time and interest has moved up into the 10-15 million range
whereas previously it was almost exclusively under 10 million. However, before everyone starts putting their prices up, the
only properties selling in that range are those that have already been discounted. What is also noticeable is that with so
many agents having disappeared over the last year or so, there are signs of one or two coming back, unfortunately with
little real estate experience. So just be careful who you are dealing with.

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Quite a few new properties on the market again this month and quite a number of price reductions. There is still no clear
direction to the market at the moment but I do not think prices will go any lower in the immediate future – except those
where the asking price is still at historic levels. In the past month we have seen fewer reductions in asking prices of but
those we have seen have been between 26% and 56% with an average of 30% since I started maintaining records of

People keep telling me there is no beach land left on Samui. Well I beg to differ – there may not be a lot but here are just
four examples on our books:

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                     BEACH LAND – Taling Ngam
                     1 Rai –1,600 sqm – Baht 23 million

                     BEACH LAND – Ban Talay
                     1.1.16’9 Rai – 2,067 sqm – Baht 19 million

                     BEACH LAND – Plai Laem – Big Buddha Bay
                     1.2.16 Rai – 2,464 sqm – Baht 28 million

                     BEACH LAND – Tong Krut
                     1.3.07 – 2,828 sqm – Baht 38 million

                     48% PRICE REDUCTION - BEACH LAND – Laem Set
                     3 Rai of beach land in Laem Set
                     Was Baht 35 Million – Now available at Baht 18 Million

Many more examples here.

      Sea View Land in Bang Po – the last five plots have been reduced from Baht 5 million/plot to Baht 2 million/plot.
                     Fully serviced infrastructure and magnificent views. See here for further details.

See also in particular the following New Listings and Price Reductions – CTRL + click to follow the link:

                 NEW LISTING
                 3 Bed semi-detached Villa with communal pool and landscaped gardens
                 Available at Baht 8,950,000

                 NEW LISTING
                 3 Bedroom Hillside Ocean View House with pool in Bang Po
                 Available at Baht 9,950,000

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                    NEW LISTING
                    2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments close to beach with communal pool in Bang Po
                    Available at Baht 18 Million

                    NEW LISTING
                    3 Bedroom Ocean View Villa with pool in Bang Po
                    Now available at Baht 17 Million

                    NEW LISTING
                    3 Bedroom Hillside Ocean View House in Bang Po
                    Now available at Baht 28 Million

                    NEW LISTING
                    New Condominium Project close to beach in Bang Rak
                    Units available from Baht 858,000

                    NEW LISTING
                    3 Bedroom House with pool in Maenam
                    Now available at Baht 14.5 Million

                    NEW LISTING
                    2 Bed semi-detached bungalow with pool in Bophut
                    Available at Baht 2.7 Million

                    29% PRICE REDUCTION
                    3 Bedroom Ocean View House on ca 3 Rai in Taling Ngam
                    Previously Baht 28 million – now available at Baht 19.9 million

                    20% PRICE REDUCTION
                    1 Bedroom Ocean View Apartment
                    Previously Baht 6.29 million – now available at Baht 4.99 million

                    26% PRICE REDUCTION
                    Single Bedroom Bungalow close to beach in Lipa Noi
                    Preciously Baht 3.9 million - now available at Baht 2.9 million.

         For Festivals around Thailand visit the Tourist Authority of Thailand website.

Samui Express is on line and you can find them here
And you can find The Samui Gazette here -

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                        Follow this link for a full list of artistes including FRANK SINATRA (!!)


Sunday 18th September – Amari Palm Reef Resort, Chaweng
– Irene Atman

                    Irene Atman is a fast rising star on the jazz/orchestral pop music scene. She’s appeared on the same bill as the
                    legendary Tony Bennett, Mel Torme and Luciano Pavarotti and more recently with Holly Cole and Makoto
                    Ozone in Tokyo. She’s also performed with jazz luminaries Guido Basso, Dave Young, Terry Clarke, Moe
                    Koffmann, The Boss Brass and Peter Appleyard.

Monday 19th September – Rocky’s Boutique Resort, Lamai
– Frank in Person

                    The Truly Great Frank Sinatra Revival Show By “Frank In Person”. And NO lip-sync!
                    Frank In Person (F.I.P.) is THE Dutch sensation! His warm voice and perfect timing are second to none! Frank
                    (yes, Frank ís his real name!) brings an impressive tribute to Frank Sinatra, including The Looks and The
                    Moves. When you see and hear Frank singing, you’ll be convinced that Frank Sinatra has really been
                    resurrected. The Style…, The Voice…, he’s BACK!

Tuesday 20th September – Rock Pool, Karma Samui, Chongmong
– Izaline Calister & band

                    Izaline put together her band in 1998. By now, in 2009, the group of talented musicians recorded five cd-
                    releases with her. They accompanied her on the North Sea Jazz-Festivals in The Hague and South-Africa,
                    toured Guatemala, Mexico and Costa-Rica, performed in Spain, Hungary, Estonia, Israel and regularly in
                    Curaçao and Aruba. Yearly, Izaline and band tour the Dutch theaters to much critical acclaim.

Wednesday 21st September - Nora Buri Resort & Spa
– Peter Beets Trio

              Peter Beets: a world class jazz pianist. He has shared the stage with jazz greats like Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis,
              Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Chris Potter and John Clayton. He recorded with Jeff
              Hamilton and Curtis Fuller and in 2001 his recording "New York Trio" was released, which brought him international

Thursday 22nd September – Anantara Resort, Bophut
– Sara Lee –Vos and Band
                Young Dutch diva SaraLee Vos combines the gift of singing with pure soul, jazzy timing and imposing stage
                presence. Born into a musical family (her father being a renowned jazz musician and producer) and influenced by
                the great American diva’s at a young age, her vocals reveal an inventive, scat-inspired, dark intensity

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Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September – Beach Republic, Lamai – FREE CONCERTS
'Dutch Stage' with amongst others, Alexander Beets, Ntjam Rosie, Jan Reinen and the 'International Blend Bands' and on Saturday
with Susan Harmer (Singapore), Ori Dakari (Israel), Changton & Friends (Thailand), Koh Saxman (Thailand), Oleg Kireyev (Russia),
Jerry Byrd (USA)

Sunday 25th September – Beach Republic, Lamai – Jazz Brunch
Jazz Brunch at Beach Republic: DJ Jedie with Sax-summit Starting 11.00 am (Brunch ticket 1,295 THB, including 'brunch buffet')

Samui event expects more participants                                            Bangkok Post        25 August 2011
The three-million baht Samui Island Marathon is expected to attract more than 2,000 runners when its second edition takes place on
Sept 18. The organisers said they believed this year's competition will become bigger than last year's inaugural event which attracted
1,600 participants including 200 foreigners. "We expect to welcome around 2,000 runners this year," said M.L. Nandhika Varavarn,
Bangkok Airways vice-president for corporate communications. Sanctioned by both the Amateur Athletic Association of Thailand and
the Asian Athletics Association, the tournament features five events _ full marathon (42.19km), half marathon (21.10km), quarter
marathon (10.55km), student (5km) and fun run (2km). The winners in the men's and women's events will each receive 150,000 baht
in prize money, and the Thai winners will also receive the same amount.

                                      I am posting this without comment for the time being.
The USD 400 Million Club Koh Samui Development Breaks Ground, KOH SAMUI, Thailand (1 August 2011)
The Club Koh Samui Group broke ground on the first phases of Club Koh Samui, Thailand’s first sports-and-leisure destination
resort. To develop Koh Samui as an international destination for people who enjoy sports and an active lifestyle, the Club Koh
Samui Group is investing USD 400 million (THB 12 billion) into the island to develop the largest resort project ever built in Thailand.
Club Koh Samui will be an integrated destination resort that revolves around an extensive sports & leisure complex in the mountains
above Chaweng Beach.

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                                         "Club Koh Samui will change the face of Koh Samui tourism and enable the island to reach
                                         its full potential,” said Finn Hyttel, Club Koh Samui’s Group Managing Director. “Koh Samui
                                         desperately needs a landmark tourist attraction, and Club Koh Samui will satisfy this need
                                         and be a signature amenity and demand generator for the entire island.

                                          While Thailand and Koh Samui are successful destinations in their own right, Club Koh
                                          Samui will have the needed range of tourism drivers and attractions to become a global
                                          tourist destination all on its own. As Samui’s signature tourist attraction and only destination
                                          resort, Club Koh Samui will be both a sound investment vehicle and an exciting lifestyle
holiday choice. The overall concept combines fantasy, luxury, and numerous entertainment possibilities and has already proven to
be hugely successful in other venues around the world like Club La Santa on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. As a destination
resort, it will generate significant economic benefits for Koh Samui and Thailand and create substantial jobs and economic spin-offs,
attract more regional and international visitors, increase tourism receipts and boost the country’s tourism industry as a whole.
Green Paradise Island

Samui needs to become sustainable and truly be a “green” paradise island, and the Club Koh Samui Group will work to protect the
island and its inhabitants from overdevelopment, create sustainable projects and jobs, and redevelop the island’s faltering
agricultural base. Its sustainable development plans include a massive solar power project, a unique waste management project that
turns garbage into needed topsoil, an effective wind-generated electricity system, multiple water management programs, and diverse
platforms to revive the island’s farms and agriculture. All this will make Samui healthy, self-reliant and economically sound, and the
world will then see an island that is really doing it, not just talking about it.
For detailed information about Club Koh Samui, Thailand’s first sports-and-leisure destination resort, contact:

Bangkok Airways to go public             IPO likely in 2013, focus still regional
After operating as a privately owned airline for 43 years, Bangkok Airways aims to become a publicly listed company by the end of
                                    A Bangkok Airways Airbus A319 sits at Samui Airport, which the airline built during its drive to build up tourism on the
                                    island, which is its most lucrative route.

                                     The airline recently began an internal study focused on divesting a 30% stake to mobilise funds
                                     and help it grow in the future, revealed founder and major stakeholder Prasert Prasartthong-osoth
                                     "It's time to open our doors to others to propel the airline into the future," he said.
                                     Listing on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) will be a bold strategic move
for the privately owned airline known for its conservative management. It is adapting with younger executives led by Puttipong, Dr
Prasert's son, now at the helm.
Dr Prasert said it was too early to discuss the strategic plan associated with an IPO launch, though he stressed Bangkok Airways
would continue to operate as a full-service carrier under the slogan "Asia's Boutique Airline".
The airline will continue to focus on its position in the region, he said, eschewing both the opportunity to add international routes and
branch into the low-cost carrier (LCC) segment."We believe there are a lot of passengers who don't mind paying more to get the kind
of premium services we are offering," he said. "We're in a different market category than LCCs."
The establishment of the Asean Economic Community in 2015 and the Asean open sky policy should also spur air traffic in the
region and allow the airline to cash in on rising demand, particularly those in the premium segment, he noted.
Bangkok Airways executives said the expansion opportunities arising from public fundraising were almost limitless, citing the
success of the Samui Airport Property Fund three years ago.
Samui Airport in Surat Thani was built by Bangkok Airways and was wholly owned by the airline before ownership was handed over
to the fund.
Flights through Koh Samui, where Bangkok Airways played a pivotal role developing its tourism industry as one of Asia's top resort
destinations, have been a cash cow for the airline.
The airline has been conservatively building its balance sheet over the past few years to make it eligible for listing.
Bangkok Airways expects further improvement in its performance this year, anticipating a 15% jump in year-on-year operating profit,
a 29% rise in revenue and 17% growth in passenger volume.
It projects minimum passenger revenue of 10.6 billion baht for 2011, topping last year's 8.3 billion, with passenger numbers reaching
3.1 million.
The airline also forecasts an operating profit of 892 million baht for 2011, compared with 778 million last year.
The airline appears on course to achieve its targets, recording revenue of 5.2 billion baht in the first half, up from 4.1 billion the
previous year, with passenger volume touching 1.5 million, thanks largely to improved traveller confidence stemming from the
absence of political unrest.
First-half operating profit was 440 million baht, versus 397 million in the previous period.
Dr Prasert said the airline expected double-digit growth in operating performance over the next few years.
 Published: 11/08/2011 at 12:00 AM

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Ambassador visits Koh Samui and Koh Phangan                                                                        18 August 2011
British Ambassador, Asif Ahmad, accompanied by Michael Hancock, HM Consul, visited Koh Samui and Koh Phangan on 14 and
15 August.
In Samui, the Ambassador and Consul met with the Honorary Consul, Dave Covey who familiarised them with the island and the
variety of consular issues he handles. During a visit to the Thai International Hospital, they were shown the facilities, and met staff,
including a British employee who liaised with English speaking patients. The Ambassador spoke to three young British patients who
were admitted after being injured. Thankfully, all of them had travel insurance and said that they were being looked after well. The
hospital staff explained their preparations for the influx of patients that come as a result of the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan
(which took place during the night of 14 August). A person suffering from kerosene inhalation from burning skipping ropes was one
such casualty and he was likely to face a £2000 bill which his insurance policy would not cover.

Discussions with British residents gave the visitors a chance to understand the issues that face people who live long-term on the
island. It was important to plan retirement not just on the basis of finance and health at the time of deciding to stay in Thailand but
what the circumstance would be in years to come. Independent legal advice before buying property was essential. Ex-servicemen
remained committed to helping fellow citizens when the need arose which the Ambassador recognised as a valuable contribution to
the welfare of British citizens in Koh Samui.

At a meeting with the Deputy Mayor, the Ambassador was able to express thanks for the assistance the authorities had given to
Britons during the flooding in late March, when the Embassy had sent a team to Samui airport to help people who were stranded on
the island. Samui’s tourism strategy was also discussed including efforts to introduce green tourism in some areas. The Ambassador
raised issues relating to the safety of tourists such riding motorbikes without a helmet (the visitors witnessed a motorbike accident
during their visit) and the problems of scams, e.g. with jet skis, and passports being held, illegally, as collateral against rentals.
Treatment of offenders and the victims of crime were also discussed during meetings with the Tourist Police and the Bo Phut Police.
The Immigration Police explained how they dealt with visa extensions and people who did not have valid visas. Police cells are used
to detain immigration offenders who could not pay the stipulated fine.

During the visit to Koh Phangan, the visitors met with Neal Bambridge, the British Consular Agent. The purpose of the visit to Had
Rin was to see first-hand the aftermath of the previous night’s Full Moon Party. The risks of excessive drinking, drugs and assault
were all too visible. The entire beach front was littered with glass bottles. The group also met with the local police and Tourist Police
who face the challenge of dealing with 30,000 revellers with just 27 officers.

Plan to declare Koh Tan a park slammed                                                Samui Express                17 August 2011
Villagers of Koh Tan are protesting against the plan of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation to declare
the island a natural reserve. The declaration would disallow issuance of land titles to land claimants on the island.
The pristine island, which is very close to Samui, has an area of only about 7.5 square kilometers. While there are people living
there, it has no roads and cars.
With coral reefs around, it is a popular destination for snorkelers.
The national parks department, which is under the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, is preparing to declare Koh Tan,
along with other nearby island Koh Mud Sum, Koh Wang Nok and Koh Wang, as natural reserve and therefore not subject to any
land development.
Mr. Thanakom Reunpanich, president of the Koh Tan Home Conservation Club, says residents of the island have titles to their land
“so it’s in no way a national park, sanctuary or forest reserve. In the light of the impending declaration, the Forestry Department
recently asked the Land Office in Samui to suspend processing of any land title until further notice.
Mr. Thanakom, who recently led a group of Koh Tan residents in picketing the Samui land office, said the Forestry Department’s
order was unjust and arbitrary.
He said some of their land claims had already been assessed by the land office. Some claimants have already paid their fees and
were just waiting for the release of their Title Deeds.
The freezing of the processing has only created resentment among Koh Tan residents, he added. He said most of these residents
belong to families who had occupied these lands for generations.
In a letter to members of parliament, the homeowners’ group demanded cancellation of the planned declaration by the Ministry of
Environment and Natural Resources and the resumption of the processing of Title Deeds by the land office in Samui.

Alternative medicine center up soon                                                Samui Express                17 August 2011
The government-run Koh Samui Hospital in Nathon will build a Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine Center within the hospital
compound to serve both residents and tourists alike.
Dr. Chalermpong Sukonthapol, hospital director, said the Bt15 million project will provide natural treatments to those who prefer not
to be treated by modern drugs. Once the project is completed, he said, Koh Samui Hospital will be the first hospital in the country to
provide modern and alternative medicine at the same time.
Dr. Chalermpong said construction of the center, along with all the equipment and facilities it would need, would cost the hospital
Bt15 million.
The Lottery Bureau, according to him, is providing Bt10.6 million for the project.

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To raise the balance amount needed, the hospital would launch a number of fundraising activities. The first such activity will be a
boxing event to be held at The Ganga Ram Temple.
Dr. Chalermpong recently presided a meeting of a committee helping to raise funds for the alternative medicine center. Its members
include Dr. Suwit Nanthapanich, managing director of the Koh Samui Hospital Development; Mr. Taweesak Intapornhom, Senior
Permanent Secretary, Koh Samui; Ms. Thanomsri Ratanarak, president the Koh Samui Red Cross Society; Police Col. Samran
Mahchareon, director of the Puthon Police Station in Samui; Mr. Narop Tuachareon, vice president of the Koh Samui Municipality,
among others.

Municipality to train locals as tour guides                                           Samui Express              17 August 2011
Local residents, particularly those who speak English, will be recruited and trained as volunteer tour guides. Samui Mayor Ramnate
Jaikwang said this is part of the municipality’s action plan to improve tourism services on the island.
He said communication had always been a problem between tourists and local residents on the island. In many instances, tourists
asking for directions from locals ended disappointed because of communication gap. Worse, Mayor Ramnate said, some local
residents don’t even know the island’s top attractions. “So when tourists asked them about what places to visit, they can’t
recommend anything.”
He said it was time both government and local residents join hands in promoting Samui tourism, especially during this time of
slumping arrivals. “We should do all we can to bring back the tourists,” he
Other things being pursued to improve tourism services on the island, the mayor said, are the rehabilitation and regular maintenance
of public facilities, cleanliness around the island, and better security for tourists and residents.
The mayor said addressing all these concerns and problems could guarantee the return of returns.
With tourism as the main income of the island, local residents have a big stake in ensuring that tourists will enjoy their stay on the
island. If they enjoy their stay here, Mayor Ramnate said, they will likely come back in the future or spread the word back home
about the island’s merits as a holiday destination.

Luxury car caravan arrives in Samui                                             Samui Express                 17 August 2011
A caravan of 11 luxury cars arrived on Samui Aug. 6 from Singapore in what organizers describe as a bid to foster closer relations
between Singapore and Samui. The caravan, led by Mr. Eddie Keng of the TAAG Porsche Club Singapore, was composed of more
than 20 people. They were welcome on their arrival on the island by Mr. Sorapong Limsuval, senior vice president for Hotel
Operation of the Santiburi Group. Mr. Sorapong later hosted a “welcome back” dinner at the Krua Bo Phut for Mr. Keng who was on
his third visit to the restaurant. The dinner was attended by the other members of the caravan. Mr. Keng said that by leading a
caravan to Samui all the way from Singapore via Malaysia he wanted to promote tourism for the island.

Battle of the brands as Samui goes global                                            C9 Hotelworks                August 2011
61% H1 occupancy signals island getting back to business
“An influx of international hotel chains to the third largest island of Thailand – Koh Samui is setting the stage for fierce brand
competition. Well known names including Conrad, InterContinental, Le Meridien and Möevenpick will all be intent on luring travelers
to the destination by the end of 2011. A material trend is the changing face of tourists which has resulted in a significant reduction in
the average length of stay. The visitor profile is rapidly changing and increasingly volatile.
The life support system impacting fundamental growth of island tourism is accessibility. While the great debate over the basic issue
of sustainability rages, the status quo threatens to rain on the hotel parade. In viewing the long term prospects for Koh Samui
tourism and the increasing imbalance between supply and demand, there is an obvious implication that the airport issue must be
addressed sooner than later. Meanwhile the new entry of global hotel operators will inevitably aid in destination marketing, induce
and inject a sense of excitement into the marketplace.”
Increasing popularity of monthly full moon party displacing airlift as growing outer island attractions undermine transport links.
Stalemate over issue of new airport shows disconnect between government and private sector policy. Resurgence of development in
south of the island starts to diversify tourism density. See the full report here:

This from TTR Weekly first published in February but relevant to the previous article.
Report revives Samui’s plight
BANGKOK, 14 February 2011 – Samui’s long-term potential is being effectively capped by limited airline access and the need for
airport expansion or relocation according to a recent C9 Hotelworks’ hotel update.
The company claims there is an oversupply of rooms that has impacted on the island’s hotels, dampening the island’s operating
performance and points to airport limitations that place a cap on the number of flights that can serve the holiday island.
The report refers to a standing environmental restriction that allows just 36 flights a day at the existing airport and a runway length
which is unable to handle larger aircraft.
In contrast, private investors continue to build more hotels. By 2012, there will be additional 801 rooms in seven new hotels giving
                          the island 14,401 rooms in 364 hotels.
                          C9 Hotelworks Managing Director, Bill Barnett said: “The simple problem is that you can’t stay there if you
                          can’t get there, this is the key restricting growth on Samui”.

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Mr Barnett’s company has a vested interest in hotel and real estate development and some of his statements would not be
supported by local activists, who lobby for and indirectly encourage a cap on development in the hope it can restore a balanced
Opinions on the island are evenly split between outsiders who started lucrative real estate enterprises and local communities who
have lived on the island for generations and fear their island is heading for mass tourism and all the social ills that accompany it.
According to Mr Barnett’s data, gains during 2010 in international arrivals were neutralised by diminishing European tourists and a
drop in the volume of historically strong repeat guests. Marked declines were registered in occupancy by 7%, average room rates by
15% and RevPAR (revenue per available room) by 26% compared to 2009.
“Short-term there is an inherent risk of being lost in transition over the next few years. This uncertainty is highlighted by the ability of
the market to absorb 801 new rooms scheduled to enter the supply side by 2012, presenting a growth of 5% over the existing 14,401
rooms at the end of 2010,” Mr Barnett said.
New hotels scheduled to open during 2011 and 2012 are Moevenpick Resort & Spa Mae Nam Beach; Aleenta Samui; Akyra Chura
Samui; All Seasons Samui Chaweng; Vana Belle Samui Resort & Spa (Starwood Luxury Collection); Ozo Samui and Conrad Koh
Samui Resort & Spa.
Mr Barnett’s comments touch a very sensitive spot for local communities who fought off attempts by pro-Thaksin politicians to build a
second airport on the island.
However, his comments will attract support from hotel developers who have in the past blamed Bangkok Airways for maintaining a
monopoly at its airport, although in recent years the privately-owned airport opened to THAI flights, ex-Bangkok and services from
Malaysia by a the commuter airline Fire Fly.

With a wai, kids inaugurate hospitality camp                                      Bangkok Post                  15 August 2011
 A group of 12 children from four Bangkok-based international schools visited the island of Samui recently, and with a wai and a
pinch of shyness inaugurated the first Hospitality Camp in Thailand. There, they were joined by 12 children from the local community
in an event sponsored by the Tourism Association of Thailand (TAT) and the Tourism Association of Koh Samui (TAKS).
The five-day summer camp was aimed at developing communication skills including, but not limited to, languages.
Naddapen Toommanon, vice president of TAKS and managing director of Villa Nalinnadda and Carpe Diem budget accommodation,
said: "I have never seen any camp on hospitality, yet knowing how to greet people, dress properly and have table manners is
extremely important."
The businesswoman said hospitality is an international language understood by everybody but spoken only by some. "Being Thai
means being hospitable by nature, and we tried to enhance this trait in the participants." rom 9 to 17 years old, and from various
cultural and educational backgrounds, the students met the activities held in the camp with curiosity and fascination, and soon forgot
their initial fears when they heard the rhythm of dance music.On the first day, the ice was broken with a tour around the island.
Activities at the camp, which were conducted in English, were designed to enable the participants to embrace the concept of "going
back to nature", meditation and concentration, as well as lessons on daily manners for teenagers, focusing on social courtesies and
table manners.
The Hospitality Camp is part of an effort to change the image of Samui, which is popular among tourists but not among Thai families,
who think it is a very expensive holiday destination.
Saiphayom Somsuk, Chief of Koh Samui Tourism Coordination Centre, TAT, said: "Corporations run activities for their customers'
families. We will try to convince them that Koh Samui stands as a unique and charming alternative to many other national and
international destinations.
"Samui is an international tourist hub, and many top-end companies are also based on the island. It is an energetic place, whose
community wants tourists to experience their identity, and the way people live in symbiosis with the environment."
See photographs here -

The Nikki Beach bungalow resort on Koh Samui just had more excitement with another celebrity arriving – The Nation
They've heard of him there. For six years, Norena has been the boss at Nikki Beach New York in midtown Manhattan. Now he's the
boss on Samui. He was also in on the opening of Nikki Marina Hollywood, and by that we mean he was the guy who packed the
place with stars, as well as supermodels and other big-name guests. Calling Norena's appointment a sign that the chain is set to
strike in the Southeast Asia market, regional director Andy Tsavos is welcoming "a highly experienced manager of VIPs, events and
operations". Exactly what level of "celebrity" are we discussing here? Well, Norena has worked with Justin Timberlake, Usher,
Cameron Diaz, Vin Diesel, Rihanna, Kid Rock, Beyonce, 50 Cent and Nicky Hilton (she's no relation to Nikki Beach). So don't be
surprised if more A-list stars start showing up on Samui, maybe even putting on one-off concerts.


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